The BC Cancer Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring people and teams who help ensure that British Columbians receive world-class, patient-centred cancer screening, treatment and support, and benefit from new discoveries that are helping change the face of cancer.
Desmond Jay is a radiation therapist at BC Cancer – Vancouver. He is the winner of this year's BC Cancer Excellence Award in the category of Patient Care Champion, nominated by patients.
A Patient Care Champion is a staff member or physician who helps improve patients' experience, quality of life, quality of care and/or knowledge of the cancer system – either directly or indirectly. They show compassion, ingenuity and leadership, and act as a role model for others.
Radiation therapist Desmond Jay has been a guiding light for patients at BC Cancer, known for his empathy and professionalism in his role. His caring nature leaves a lasting impact on those he helps.
One patient shared, "I learned so much from Desmond in those 6+ weeks, he was my 'rock'. He remembered all my family and friends, answered any of their questions and always had a story to tell us. To this day, my family talks about Desmond like he is part of our family. I don't think my outcome would have been the same if I didn't have such an outstanding, supportive team. Desmond went above and beyond, the care I received was top notch and I am so appreciative of him and all the team that helped me get through this race."
Another patient, Gary Bourne, shared, "It was a pleasure to support such a worthy nominee and award winner. The team that supported me is comprised of people that you would easily enjoy inviting into your home. They gave their time and expertise; but mostly they gave of themselves. Perhaps somewhat ironically, they made a difficult personal health experience as pleasant as it could be."
Desmond's commitment to his patients and their families truly embodies the spirit of a Patient Care Champion. His dedication to providing exceptional care, and a sense of belonging and comfort, speaks volumes about his genuine compassion for cancer care.
Congratulations, Desmond, on being named this year's Patient Care Champion, nominated by patients.
Desmond Jay receiving his Excellence Award from BC Cancer's Dr. Kim Chi, executive vice president and chief medical officer, and Tracy Irwin, chief operating officer at the 2023 BC Cancer Summit awards dinner on Nov. 17, 2023.